NorthStar: An AI-enabled Path Finding for Readers

Image of bookshelves with the word "READ" imposed over the image.

If you want to make a difference and improve people's reading experience in learning, come join the NorthStart project. 

Project description

Reading literacy is one of the most important skills for children and scholars alike. The sheer amount of information and access to online materials have made reading not easier, but more challenging to navigate, especially for new-comers. Just imagine that you're a newly admitted college student in computer science, physics, chemistry, or arts - without proper mentoring, how would you know how to navigate through the huge amount of literature, academic papers, and even online blogs, etc. to find quality materials to read - and to read them in a systematic way. The same goes for the school age kids. The proposed project, NorthStar, is trying to change that with AI enabled technologies. 

Project outcome

An AI-enabled solution, deployable on cloud, desktop, and mobile devices to help people navigate reading materials (such as academic papers).

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Longer than a semester (about 6-9 months)
Start time Anytime
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
Level of collaboration Small group project (2-3 students)
Benefits Research experience; academic credit; applied skills
Who is eligible All undergraduate students 

Project mentor

Jinjun Xiong

Empire Innovation Professor

Computer Science and Engineering

Phone: (716) 645-4760


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Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.


Computer Science and Engineering